An article from the Journal of Commerce highlights the most recent news in regards to the strike between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and US Maritime Alliance (USMX) noting that industry groups have appealed again to agree on a contract before the latest ILS-USMX 30-day contract extension expires February 6, 2013. The ILA and USMX plan to meet next Tuesday, January 15th to resume federally mediated negotiations on a dockworker contract covering East and Gulf Coast ports.
Negotiations for the Port of New York and New Jersey hit a rough patch Wednesday January 9th when ILA President Harold Daggett and other union officials walked out shortly after the negotiating session began. In the above article, the New York Shipping Association (NYSA) President Joseph Curto confirmed the abrupt halt of the talks but added, “We’re hopeful we can still get together before the end of the extension to talk about things important to the Port of New York and New Jersey, namely archaic work practices and over-staffing.”
While the contract extension provided a temporary sense of relief to importers along the East Coast, the negotiations certainly aren’t over. Many shippers have already diverted cargo twice, with the prospect of having to implement a contingency plan for a third time.
Global Trade News will continue to keep an eye on the situation and update you as information becomes available.